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Liberal Arts Forum Events Collection

Identifier: EUA036


Box 1 of this collection contains programs, flyers, brochures, correspondences, posters, and any other type of printed material that relates to the Liberal Arts Forum at Elon University. The collection is arranged chronologically. Box 2 of this collection contains photographic material. For more information about what is included in this collection, please see the section below titled "Detailed Description of the Collection."


  • 1960 - ongoing


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Please note that this entry was researched and written by Julia Mueller in 2012, a student assistant in the Belk Library Archives and Special Collections. The information appeared as a blog post on our blog, Under the Oaks. In 1958, the Student Government Association established the Liberal Arts Forum. The purpose of this student-led group was to promote the arts and humanities aspect of Elon’s liberal arts campus, and they encouraged curiosity through scholarly lectures. Only a few students and professors were involved in the forum at its beginning – these people being Etta Britt, James P. Elder, Daniel Gee, and Professors William M. Brown, Clarence Carson, Richard Haff and James Hess. While presentations by noted professors of the time were the primary events hosted by the Liberal Arts Forum, other occasions included art displays, films, concerts, seminars, and debates. In 1966, Elon College held its first annual “Humanities Week” where various speakers spoke about broad issues that were meant to spark further inquiry. Former President Gerald Ford, at the time the House minority leader, was the featured lecturer. The theme was “The Changing Image of Man.” Throughout the years, the themes ranged from “Democracy: Fact or Fiction?” to “Myth, Dream and Archetype,” to “Death and the Life Story.” Other honored guests included Richard Wordsworth (1979), the British actor and great-great-grandson of the poet; Spike Lee (1990); John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1998); and former Costa Rican President, Oscar Arias (2000). Numerous professors have also lectured at the week-long events in the midst of more than two hundred and fifty guest speakers.


7.5 Linear Feet (1 box and 2 oversize flat file cabinet)

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The collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.

Related Materials

Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, November, 2012

Encoded by Katie Nash, December, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

100 Campus Drive
2550 Campus Box
Elon North Carolina 27244 USA